The Dallas Stars fought to stay alive in the Western Conference Finals, while the Frisco RoughRiders continued a road series in Arkansas.
Here is what happened on the ice, on the field, and behind the scenes.
Dallas Stars (Vegas leads series 3-1)
Last Game: Stars 3, Vegas Golden Knights 2 (overtime)
The Stars and Golden Knights went to overtime for the third time in four games. This time the extra period lasted longer than 1:35, and Joe Pavelski netted the game-winner during the power play to force Game 5. Jason Robertson scored both regulation goals for Dallas, and Jake Oettinger made some impressive saves to keep the Stars in it.
Noteworthy: Dallas wins its first game of the series and hangs on for another day. The series will return to Vegas for Game 5 and will come back to Dallas should the Stars win on Saturday.
— Pavelski’s goal was his 73rd career playoff goal, passing Alexander Ovechkin for the most among active players. He is now tied for second among active players in overtime playoff goals and passes Mario Lemieux for the fifth-most power-play overtime goals in the NHL playoffs.
— Robertson has scored four of his six playoff goals in this series and tallied his first career multi-goal playoff game Thursday.
Next Up: Stars at Golden Knights, Game 5, 7 p.m. CT Saturday
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Frisco RoughRiders (18-23, fourth in Texas League South Division, eighth in AA Texas League)
Last Game: Arkansas Travelers 8, RoughRiders 2
Spencer Packard’s RBI double and Josh Morgan’s two-run home run gave Arkansas an early three-run lead, and the Travelers never looked back. Frisco scored its runs on a Trevor Hauver single in the fifth and a throwing error on a Dustin Harris steal in the seventh, but Arkansas piled onto its lead in the late innings.
Noteworthy: Frisco has yet to score more than two runs in a game this series.
— Hauver and Harris carried the offense on Thursday, going 5-7 with an RBI and two runs scored.
— Owen White pitched four innings, allowing four runs on six hits.
Next Up: RoughRiders at Travelers (27-15), 7:05 p.m. CT Friday
Texas Rangers (31-18, first in American League West)
Noteworthy: Texas is in first place in the AL West by three games over the Houston Astros. The Rangers have spent only one day outside first place all season and have led the division by at least two games for 16 consecutive days.
— Outfielder Adolis Garcia leads all MLB players with 49 RBIs, and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is tied for the third-most wins with six.
— Texas is in the midst of a nine-game road trip, with three games against Baltimore this weekend and three against Detroit next week.
Next Up: Rangers at Baltimore Orioles (33-17), 6:05 p.m. CT Friday